[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]
In search of truly patriotic messages fir this 4th of July week, came across this gem called
Independence Day Delusions
by Paul Buchheit, in which he writes:
We thank soldiers for our “freedom” as they travel to foreign lands to keep us free from dangers that are exacerbated by their presence in those foreign lands. But we don’t really thank them personally, do we? Heck, most Americans don’t know a serving soldier personally. So it is more like thanking them for at least being willing to serve when others are clearly not.
We rightfully give thanks for the many freedoms that are denied the citizens of countries like North Korea, Somalia, and Saudi Arabia. Guess which one of the three we turn a blind eye toward. Now, guess why that is.
The concept of “freedom” is at the very least ambiguous, and, at the most, destructive to those being deceived by false patriotism. The people who benefit from the uncontrolled pursuit of money push the concept of individual freedom on the rest of us, making us feel unpatriotic if we disagree. And that makes me sick. There are of course a few true philanthropists at the top of our food chain, but for the most part a money grubber is a money grubber.
Questions and Answers
Buchheit then poses poignant (not very) rhetorical questions concerning our concept of our own freedoms. Is Our Nation Really “Free”? he asks.
Freedom from Taxes? If We’re Willing to Send the Mentally Ill to Jail … This corresponds to the dramatic increase in prison populations, while cutting down–or off–social programs.
Freedom from Violence? We Don’t Even Have the Freedom to Do Research on Guns. Stunningly, the House of Representatives rejected an amendment that would have allowed the Centers for Disease Control to study the causes of gun violence. Politicians, I fear, are afraid that serious researchers will come up with empirical evidence that if their were fewer guns extant in the country there would be fewer violent crimes committed.
Freedom from Regulation? If We Accept Fraud and Deceit. A damning example is charter schools, where the push for a business model for our children has resulted in a loss of $1.4 billion in taxpayer money through “financial fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement,” … How many times does Haliburton, and other Beltway Bandits, have to overcharge and underproduce before we declare their no-bid government contract null and void?
A Free Market? Corporations Are Free to Subjugate Consumers. Look at your cable or satellite bill again. How many times have you switched providers only to be subjected to the same cost creep?
Freedom from Want? Poverty Keeps Getting Worse. Middle class. What middle class?
The author concludes, concerning “real freedom,” that
In “Common Sense,” Thomas Paine spoke of our “common interest [to] mutually and naturally support each other.” Freedom and security, he noted, is the design and end of government.
This means freedom for the greatest number of us, not just for the self-centered individuals who see community as an impediment to their taking of our nation’s wealth.
As we continue and conclude this traditional week of patriotic celebrations, let’s remember–those of us who are eligible–that we are fast approaching November. Think long and hard about for who you will “freely” cast a ballot.